Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia (P. fraseri) – As the name suggests the tips of this plant are red almost year-round.  It is a  good looking evergreen hedge plant that is dense and grows quickly.  Great for blocking the neighbor’s view or as a privacy windbreak plant.  If left alone they will grow up to 12 ft. tall and about 8 ft. wide.

Red Tip Photinia
Red Tip Photinia as a hedge along a city road.

Red Tip Photinias are good shrubs for landscaping, especially in the Southwest.  They can tolerate the heat providing they receive ample water during the hot summer months. A good soaking every other day or about 5-6 gallons on a sprinkler system.

These plants will produce a large pale white flower during the spring seasons.  They grow fast providing you water often.  It is not a drought-tolerant plant as it needs regular watering even after it has become well established.

You can reduce watering times after the fourth season of being planted. 15 minutes every other day during the hot summer months is good.

Red Tip Photinia
Image by Julia Casado from Pixabay

Red Tip Photinia as a hedge in the Southwest

For a nice looking formal hedge appearance prune Red Tip Photinia during the winter season.  Fertilize about 3 times per year.  Once in spring, summer, and fall.  It is a good border plant to keep neighbors away.  Here is a post on – How to block neighbors’ view of my yard.

You can also use it as a stand-alone shrub place it where you have an empty space or to hide unsightly utility boxes or

The Photinia Flower

Red tip photinia
Image by jacqueline macou from Pixabay The white flower of the Red tip photinia


Problems with this plant?  It is susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spot, and privet mites. Use a good drip system to water at the base of the plant.  Avoid sprinkler watering from above.  Water in the early morning hours this will help water dry out before nightfall.  Learn more about Powdery Mildew and Insects diseases on Plants.

At the first hint of powdery mildew or leaf spot spray with a fungicide until symptoms are gone.

Red Tip Photinia
Powdery Mildew on Euonymus Plant.


USDA zones 7-9.

Here is another site with helpful information on Photinias.


You can also use this plant as a stand-alone shrub perfect for that corner space.  it can be trimmed from the bottom and used as a small formal patio tree.

Other evergreen plants that do well in the Southwest.

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